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, talking about the parents of hadiya pendleton and talking about the people of nourn. and now we're seeing the president make this plea in chicago. i guess realistically speaking from a political standpoint, how much do events like this accomplish? does it help him make this point? >> as we've seen, and you've watched it up close, the president's strategy is to go directly to the american people. you can't go to the city of chicago, even though you want to talk about opportunities, social programs, mental health services, increase in the minimum wage and all of the rest, you can't go to a place like chicago and not talk about gun violence. so what he's trying to do, i think, is say, look, this is not a rural issue versus an urban issue. this is an american issue. it's just one more way that -- he understands what the political odds are in congress for a ban on assault weapons. he gets that. but this is just one way for him to make the case to the american people to pressure members of congress and lots of them, by the way, as you know are democrats who are in districts where it might not b
has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union and put it on the ground where the people are and where the situations require it and, of course, south side of chicago is a place where urban violence is very much a foot. however, there's going to be the looming question, are you just giving your speech or are you going to make good on the promises here where you call home? a lot of people are so happy to see the president but they will be even more happy if these words turn into actions and help create opportunities for the kids they say will wind up killing themselv
reassigned is suing. >>> and hadiya pendleton was killed just days after attending the president's inauguration. her parents joining us live. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. the man credited for making basketball for the masses he's now passed away. jerry buss was 80 years old. the lakers won ten titles under his tenure. he's showcased magic johnson, kareem abdul-jabbar and kobe bryant. he suffered from cancer. joining us is eric fisher, "sports illustrated" senior writer jim trotter joining us on the phone from san diego. first of all, jim, let's go to you, what were the circumstances around this death. was this is a surprise? >> no, it had been rumored for a while that he was in bad health. you know, to me, jerry buss was one of the last figures -- he was one of the three greatest owners of my generation i'd say along with george steinbrenner and eddie debartolo. it was always be the end result. he would spend whatever it took win. it was about creating an atmosphere of excitement. giving fans more than just sports. he understand that he was selling entertainment,
in this year. you can see that one coming. >>> the mother of slain chicago teen hadiya pendleton is crusading for gun reform in a new television ad. >> when my daughter hadiya performed at the president's inauguration, it was the happiest day of her life. a week later she was murdered, gunned down near her school. >> in this ad, cleopatra pendleton urges congress to pass background checks. 15-year-old hadiya was gunned down days after president obama's inauguration. two men now face murder charges. >>> history in nascar. danica patrick becoming the first woman driver to earn the pole position at daytona. really any other race on nascar's premiere sprint cup circuit. we talked to indy 500 rookie of the year in 1992, lyn st. james, about patrick's performance. >> it's great for women in all sports. not just women in racing, but it's one of the sports where men and women actually compete equally. not many sports are like that. and it reflects society because women are making such inroads. we need reminders, if given the right opportunity, given the right equipment, given the right skill, opportu
victims killed last year in gun violence in the city were under 18. he mentioned hadiya pendleton, the teenager gunned down a week after taking part in obama's inauguration festivities. >> what happened to hadiya is not unique. it's not unique to chicago. it's not unique to this country. too many of our children are being taken away from us. >> the president said children from violence-laden opportunities need help to get ahead. >>> this week, a meteor shower, asteroid, and now a fireball? this happened in the bay area last night. folks in that area say it looked like a shooting star. cnn does not know the source of the lights, but we are efforting an official statement for you. [ crash ] >>> first it was a flash across the sky and sonic booms. now the cleanup begins a day after that pakistani lar meteor -- spectacular meteor blast shook russia. people are trying to repair the damage. more than 1,000 have been injured, most from shattered glass. phil black is in the area where this happened. how much damage are we talking about, and what's the cost look like? >> reporter: susan, i
than 500 murders, and, of course, you have the high-profile murder of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton, whose parents attended the state of the union address. the president will talk about creating economic opportunities, so that young people will not turn to a life of crime. but he al also continue to put pressure on congress to take action. such as the universal background checks or the ban on some assault weapons and those high capacity magazines, but there is great resistance from gun rights groups like the nra who are concerned about their second amendment rights, they believe that officials need to start enforcing existing laws instead of creating new ones. john. >> all right. thanks a lot, dan lothian at the white house. no comment from the white house this morning on a verbal blast from nra leader wayne la pierre who accuses the president of exploiting the sandy hook tragedy. la pierre says gun rights activists won't take this lying down. >> mr. president, we will stand and fight throughout this country as americans for all freedom. we promise you that. >> so in an op-ed yester
the newtown tragedy to the hadiya pendleton shooti shooting, the 15-year-old girl shot in chicago, the president has made this very personal. at this point politically. what type of legislation can he realistically get through congress? >> well at this point not too much has changed on the hill since this issue began being raised at the beginning of this congress. right now universal background checks remain the one part of that whole agenda that really seems like the most politically feasible. what i found really interesting in what the president talked about on friday, though, he did bring that gun control message to chicago, a place where he obviously has a long history. >> yes. >> and has lived for many years. when he was talking about that, he brought the issue of newtown into it saying the number of gun deaths you'll have in the city of chicago would equal four newtowns a year and linked it to his personal experience of a son as a single mother, it's not just about gun violence in these communities, it's really about the issues of family. it's something that i think you saw
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